Looking back, moving forward

Looking back at 2013, it was a year full of excitement and growth at LightEdge. We added several new employees to our team over multiple Midwest locations and quadrupled our staff in the Kansas City office alone. It also marked our 17 year anniversary as a company, and more than a decade as a cloud provider. Not only did we expand our managed services portfolio with new offerings like Hosted Desktop Experience, but we also began planning for rapid growth in our data centers.

In September, LightEdge announced our plans for constructing a regional data center at the underground SubTropolis Technology Center (STC) in Kansas City, MO. We will be the anchor tenant in the first phase of STC, a mission critical data center campus owned and operated by Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development. LightEdge will open the first phase of its 60,000-square foot underground operation, built to Tier III Standards, within STC in the spring of 2014. In addition to our newest data center in Kansas City, we will also be expanding our data center in Altoona, IA, this year.

Much like in 2013, we will be partnering with our talented vendors and continuing to host educational events that benefit our current and potential customers. We’re excited to continue to share the valuable knowledge & advice that our highly-skilled team has to offer. LightEdge will continue to roll out industry-leading solutions in 2014, so be on the lookout for additional details as the year unfolds.

LightEdge Sponsors KVC Walk Me Home 5K Supporting Foster Families In Kansas

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We are pleased to announce that LightEdge will be one of the sponsors for the 2nd annual KVC Walk Me Home 5K Run/Walk fundraising event. This event supporting foster care in Kansas City will be held at Theater in the Park within Shawnee Mission Park at 7:30 a.m. on May 11, 2013.

KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. is an integrated human service provider committed to enriching the lives of children and families throughout Kansas. The Walk Me Home 5K was developed to raise awareness to foster care and to raise funds that will support the programs and services for foster care in Kansas. Walk Me Home supports more than 1,300 children that are currently in foster care in the Kansas City metro area. “We are excited to build on the momentum of last year’s Walk Me Home 5K and are so grateful for community partners like LightEdge whose support enriches the lives of countless families and children in our community,” Chad Anderson, president of KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc., said.

LightEdge is excited to be one of the sponsors for the event to help raise funds and awareness for such an amazing cause.  “Supporting local organizations is a continued effort at LightEdge. We are so excited to support such an outstanding organization like KVC by being involved as a sponsor this year,” said Kansas City Market Director Mark Dodds.

For additional information please contact Blair Patterson at 515-471-1119, email bpatterson@lightedge.com or visit http://www.firstgiving.com/walkmehome/kvc2013.

Jim Masterson is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 regional finalist

We are pleased to announce that CEO, Jim Masterson, has been named a regional finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 program.  The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Jim Masterson was selected from a strong pool of over 1600 nominations by a panel of independent judges.  Awards will be presented at a special gala on June 13, 2013 at the Marriott City Center hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Regional sponsors for the Upper Midwest program include Padilla Speer Beardsley, Faegre Baker Daniels and Twin Cities Business. Locally, the program is sponsored by Lockton Companies, Sálo and the Pohlad Companies.

Lindsay Alderman Joins the Business Record’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2013

We are pleased to announce that our Client Operations Manager, Lindsay Alderman, has joined the elite ranks of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty under 40 class of 2013. This honor recognizes that she is among some of the city’s most driven, talented and philanthropic young business leaders that are making a difference.

Candidates are nominated based on both professional success and involvement with community and non-profit organizations. Winners are then chosen by a panel of previous recipients who examine the nominees’ job responsibilities, special projects, board participation, awards and distinguished recognitions in order to make their decision.

“I was surprised, honored and excited to hear that I was a part of this year’s Forty under 40 list,” Alderman explained. “I am extremely passionate about Des Moines and am proud to be grouped with others that share my determination to make it a city of innovation, growth and leadership. Each of my fellow honorees have already demonstrated such impressive strength and accomplishment in their short careers, so I can only imagine the amazing potential the future holds for each of them and what it will mean for the Midwest.”

LightEdge would like to congratulate the entire class of 2013 on their achievements and contributions to Des Moines. Whether they have paved the way in entrepreneurship, volunteered their time to improve our community, exhibited unparalleled leadership within their organization, or mentored other young professionals to follow in their accomplished footsteps, their determination has been recognized and applauded.

To check out the complete list of this year’s inspirational class, please visit http://businessrecord.com/Content/Default/1Click/Article/2013-Forty-Under-40-class-announced/-3/248/53330.

LightEdge partners with KJJY & Variety to bring a smile to a child

The holidays are always a special time of year to reach out and lend some support to those in need. Over the years, LightEdge has assisted numerous organizations but many of the ones closest to our hearts benefit children. For this reason, we couldn’t be happier to be one of the hourly sponsors of the KJJY/Variety radiothon and support the families of kids that are in long term care or suffering from life-threatening conditions. Please tune in to KJJY 92.5 on Wednesday, December 19th from 8:00-8:30am to hear about why we are passionate about helping out Variety – The Children’s Charity.

The annual KJJY/Variety Radiothon donates all the dollars raised to the Compassion Fund. It serves to assist the families of sick kids in an assortment of ways from paying for gas to get them back and forth to the hospital or filling their other children’s backpacks with school supplies because they may not have the funds to do so. They aim to lift spirits and change lives. One of the charity’s most popular contributions are the “Variety Teddy Bears” that are meant to offer children a comforting companion throughout their time at the hospital.

If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful charity or donating to it yourself, please check out http://www.varietyiowa.com/donate.php.

Data Centers Eye Altoona

LightEdge was featured in a Des Moines Register article on Thursday, December 4th discussing the growing trend for companies to construct their data centers in Altoona, IA. This newfound attention has been sparked by companies like Google, Microsoft and Enseva moving their high tech data warehouses to the area. The open land, central location and access to fiber optics & power were a few attractive benefits credited for driving this movement. There is also an interview with our CEO, Jim Masterson, about what appealed to the company when building our data center there in 2006, a move that is considered the “first of its kind” by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Please visit http://dmreg.co/SxFDpX to read the full article and browse some images that provide a glimpse inside the LightEdge Data Center.

LightEdge Solutions Achieves Silver Certification from Cisco

DES MOINES, IA – October 16, 2012 – LightEdge Solutions announced today it has achieved Silver Certification from Cisco®.  To earn Silver Certification, LightEdge had to meet rigorous standards for networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction set forth by Cisco.

“Achieving Cisco Silver Reseller Certification is yet another validation of our accomplishments as LightEdge continues to redefine itself from a managed services provider to a complete Information Technology business partner,” said Jim Masterson, chairman and CEO of LightEdge Solutions.  “Through our collaboration with Cisco and the use of Cisco routing, switching and compute platforms, LightEdge is uniquely positioned to implement and deliver high availability IT services for our customers though managed platforms within our data center, dedicated on-premise customer-owned platforms or a hybrid of the two for the highest level of reliability and elastic scalability.”

“Cisco is committed to providing tools, training and programs to help drive partner growth, differentiation and profitability,” said Surinder Brar, senior director of worldwide channels at Cisco.  “With specializations in Advanced Unified Computing, Advanced Unified Communications, Telepresence Express and Advanced Data Center Architecture, LightEdge has made an investment in delivering the integrated and customized technology solutions today’s customers demand.”

As a Cisco Silver Certified Partner, LightEdge has met requirements for attaining a broad range of expertise.  To achieve Cisco Silver Certification LightEdge was required to achieve either two from the following four Cisco advanced specializations:  Unified Communications, Routing and Switching, Security, and Wireless LAN, or the Cisco Express Unified Communications Specialization and one of the following advanced specializations:  Routing and Switching, Security, and Wireless LAN.  In addition, LightEdge was required to integrate Cisco Lifecycle Services into their offerings and maintain high levels of customer satisfaction based on independently audited customer satisfaction surveys.

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills, and then validates their skills through a third-party audit.  Cisco resale partner certifications—Gold, Silver, Premier and Select—represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner’s ability to deliver integrated networking solutions.  Cisco resale partner specializations—Master, Advanced and Express—reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies.

About LightEdge Solutions

LightEdge Solutions is a customer-centric cloud computing and consulting company devoted to solving the IT issues of businesses nationwide. By utilizing our economies of scale, connections with world-class vendors and our own internal passion for engineering, LightEdge allows its customers to “plug in” to enterprise-grade IT solutions that maximize uptime and performance, yet fit into their budget. For more information, visit www.lightedge.com.

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Young Professional Conversation: Lindsay Alderman

Young Professionals Connection, the largest YP organization in central Iowa, is taking applications for its 2013 board. So for this week’s Thursday YP Conversation, I talked with president-elect Lindsay Alderman, 31, about why interested YPs should think about diving into a board position, how she got to where she is, and more.

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Q: Let’s start with this: Tell me, as simply as possible, what YPC is and why it’s an important piece of the YP puzzle in central Iowa.

YPC is a focused extension of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The GDSMP is supported by 24 regional Affiliate Chambers and business organizations and more than 4,300 regional member businesses. The mission is simple: to maximize local resources to address opportunities for economic and community growth. YPC was created to give a voice to the YPs in the community that want to be involved. Our efforts focus on connecting young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, and professional development endeavors.

Q: How did you get started in YPC? And how did you rise to the rank of president-elect?

I was first exposed to YPC through the Impact Downtown’s Trash Bash event several years back. It was such a unique event, and I was so inspired by the group involved leading that effort that I knew I needed to become a member and get involved. From there, I decided to run for the Charitable Board, where I knew I would have, what I considered, the most impact. As a board member, I fell even more in love with my community, YPC, and its members that I knew I wanted to commit myself to the organization for at least three years – the board term commitment for running for president. (President-Elect, President, Past President: each 1 year).

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Beyond technology…Building furniture for a future

From landscaping in July to building furniture in September…LightEdge team members have volunteered in many ways this year. This month, LightEdge employees are helping out at the FreeStore, assembling donated dressers from IKEA. The FreeStore is a warehouse where household items and furniture is stored and given to families free-of-charge who are moving out of Children & Families of Iowa’s Domestic Violence Services shelter. Often the women and children left their homes in the middle of the night with little, but the clothes on their backs. At CFI’s shelter, they receive help to start new, independent and safe lives. The problem arises when they are ready to move into their own apartments. They are often stymied because they have no household goods. In 2011, the FreeStore served 201 families, which included 309 children. LightEdge teams are enjoying their volunteer efforts this month in support of the FreeStore and their mission.

 

Back from VM World

LightEdge team members are back from their annual trip to VMworld, held this year in San Francisco.  The conference consists of keynotes, breakout sessions, hands-on labs, and a solutions exchange where vendors showed off their latest innovations.

Here are some thoughts on the high notes of the week:

  • For the past several years, VMware has been talking about “cloud” and how it is going to transform IT.  This year, it was no different but where others are still spewing the same hype about cloud, VMware is actually delivering.  2012 is bringing a new version of vSphere 5.1 as well as the next evolution of vCloud 5.1.  With the new vCloud suite, we’ll be able to bring more of the features that customers are used to having in the vSphere client available through vCloud.
  • In 2011, VMware made a push for end-user computing that included a virtual Android phone, Horizon Application manager and Project Octopus (for lack of a better term, dropbox for corporate users).   This year, they’re delivering again.  Horizon Application manager is more mature, and Project Octopus is now Horizon Data.  New View technologies make managing the desktop even easier.  VMware even brought some of the protected corporate apps to the iOS devices similar to the virtual phone for Android last year.
  • vRAM licensing model is no more!  The licensing model that had few fans is officially gone.  VMware listened to their partners and customers and is moving back to a per socket licensing model.

We hope those few highlights give you an idea of some key discussions and topics that came from VMworld last week. LightEdge brought back a host of new information and is excited to share that with their customers!

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